Iran speaker accuses Obama of state terrorism over bombing

Larijani accused Obama of state terrorism on Wednesday over the killing in Tehran of a leading atomic scientist.

Iran speaker accuses Obama of state terrorism over bombing

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani, Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator, accused US President Barack Obama of state terrorism on Wednesday over the killing in Tehran of a leading atomic scientist.

"We had received clear information a few days before (the assassination) that the (intelligence) service of the Zionist regime, with the cooperation of the CIA, were seeking to carry out a terrorist act in Tehran," the ISNA news agency quoted Larijani as saying.

Washington has rejected Iran's allegations of U.S. involvement in Tuesday's bombing that killed professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi near his home in the Iranian capital as absurd.

Iranian officials and state media described the slain man as a nuclear scientist, but a spokesman said he did not work for the Atomic Energy Organisation.

"Such filthy actions are easy to carry out but such adventurism will do you no good," the ISNA news agency quoted Larijani as saying in reference to Obama.

"You have practically promoted acts of terrorism," he said.

"This black spot will be recorded in the dossier of US crimes against the Iranian nation."

The daylight killing also came amid an increasingly bitter standoff between Iran and world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Larijani slammed Obama for "rashly resorting to a monarchist group which has no credibility to cover such an operation."

Larijani, said a U.S.-based pro-monarchy group had claimed responsibility for the attack, adding it was controlled by the CIA. Iran's Fars News Agency on Tuesday said such an exile group had claimed the bombing in a statement, without saying how it obtained it.

"An American-based monarchy group ... claimed responsibility for this terrorist act," Larijani said, the state broadcaster reported. "Maybe the CIA and the Zionist regime (Israel) thought they can mislead us with such an absurd statement."

Using such a "rootless group" as a cover was a new "disgrace" for U.S. President Barack Obama, Larijani said. "Why do you host this terrorist group in America?" he asked.

In Washington on Tuesday, a U.S. intelligence official said the CIA played "no role" in the bombing in Tehran.

State media described Ali-Mohammadi as a committed and revolutionary professor, suggesting he backed the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But an opposition website, Jaras, said he was an opposition supporter who backed candidate Mirhossein Mousavi in last June's disputed election.

Last month, Iran accused the United States of seizing an Iranian scientist while he was on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, a claim Washington refused to comment on and that Riyadh denied.

It is already under three sets of UN sanctions. Major powers are to meet in New York on Saturday to discuss proposals for a fourth. US envoy backs new sanctions boost against Iran.


Agencies


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